Malawi Police in Dedza district have intensified a search for a day-old baby who was stolen on Thursday morning.
According to the police, unidentified woman stole the newborn by tricking its mother indentified as Grace Chimseu into thinking that she was a good samaritan.
The trickster is said to have visited Dauya Village in the district, days prior to the incident, imposing as an owner of an orphanage in Blantyre who was in the area looking for a 17-year-old pregnant girl to support.
She met village headman Kamwachale who felled for her tricks, and assisted her in indentifying the victim- Grace Chimseu. They later met with Chimseu’s mother who consented to the imposter’s offer without thorough consultations.
The two, Chimseu and the unidentified woman, left the village for Dedza Boma where they spent a night; and whilst there the girl started experiencing labour pains and was rushed to a district hospital where she gave birth to a baby girl.
And on Thursday morning after being discharged, the trickster suggested to the unsuspecting girl that they should go to the police to formalize their deal, thus her offer to support both the baby and its mother materially and financially.
And while on their way, the trickster lied she had forgotten something at the hospital and asked the girl to drop out of the vehicle they were traveling in and wait by a roadside. She left the baby in the car.
The trickster sped off and never returned, forcing Chimseu to report the incident to the law-enforcers who have since intensified a manhunt.